A Portrait of Mendelssohn by Clive Brown

By Clive Brown

On the grounds that his demise in 1847, Felix Mendelssohn's tune and character were either widespread and denigrated to amazing levels. during this examine Clive Brown weaves jointly a wealthy array of files - letters, diaries, memoirs, stories, information studies and extra - with the purpose of providing a balanced photo of the composer and his paintings. Rejecting the acquired view of Mendelssohn as a facile, light-weight musician, Brown demonstrates that he used to be in reality an leading edge and hugely cerebral composer who exerted a strong impression on musical concept into the twentieth century. Brown discusses Mendelssohn's relatives historical past and schooling; the position of faith and race in his existence and popularity; his reports as functional musician (pianist, organist, string participant, conductor) and as instructor and composer; the serious reception of his works; and the vicissitudes of his posthumous attractiveness. The textual content additionally encompasses a variety of hitherto unpublished sketches made through Mendelssohn. the result's a portrayal of the guy and his achievements as considered via his personal phrases and people of his contemporaries.

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With his acute mind he did not fail to understand the noisy din of the world, but he did not sympathize with it; he was an artistic innocent, with all the self-denial and naturalness, all the cheerful receptiveness, and all the wilfulness of the well-cared-for, softly bedded, grown-up child. So much care was a requirement of his delicately constituted, very fragile nature. 77 Character and Personality ⅐ 27 3 ⅐ Relationships with Women There are abundant indications that Mendelssohn was attractive to young women and that several may have lost their heart to him; but information about his reciprocation of these feelings, other than in a conventionally gallant or charming manner, are scantily documented in currently available sources.

A blunder in manners, or an expression that displeased him, could alienate him altogether; he could then be disagreeable, indeed quite intolerable. ” About such small things he could be unforgiving, for he could not use himself to hear what displeased him, and he never had been compelled to conform cheerfully to the whims of any one. I often took him to task about this, and suggested that, like the Venetian, he should keep a book of vengeance, in which to enter a debtor and creditor account for offences.

To spend any time in mere talk caused him to look frequently at his watch, by which he often Character and Personality ⅐ 15 gave offence; his impatience was only pacified when something was being done, such as music, reading, chess, &c. He was fond of having a leaf of paper and pen at hand when he was conversing, to sketch down whatever occurred to him. . Felix’s nature fitted him particularly for friendship; he possessed already then a rich store of intimates, which increased as he advanced in life.

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